Football: Redknapp Covets Premiership Prize

By Rippington, Nick | The Independent (London, England), November 21, 1999 | Go to article overview
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Football: Redknapp Covets Premiership Prize


Rippington, Nick, The Independent (London, England)


HARRY REDKNAPP said yesterday that it is the dream of winning the Premiership which drives him on at Upton Park.

In his five years at West Ham, Redknapp has turned his side from strugglers into a European outfit. "I want to win trophies now," said Redknapp as he prepared for today's match with Sheffield Wednesday. "It is time this club started to win things. We all have our dreams and ours is to win the championship. It is about time this club started to win things and it is our ambition to be up there and one day maybe win a championship and definitely win a cup."

The Hammers manager clinched a place in the Uefa Cup via the Intertoto Cup last season and believes he now has the foundations of a side capable of reliving the heady days of Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore. "It was nice to finish fifth and eighth over the last few years and to get into Europe but we want to qualify for Europe again this year. The minimum is to qualify for the Uefa Cup again next year and we have to make sure we do that. But we want to see West Ham up there every year and we have spent a long time getting things right."

The club have just been given permission to expand their Upton Park home into a 35,000-seater stadium. After years of negotiating with Newham Council, they have reached an agreement to regenerate the West Stand with 15,503 seats.

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